PROSPERITY — Where can you run and walk for your health, enjoy a large community yard sale, find original art and authentic antiques and eat frog legs, while dancing the night away? In Prosperity on May 4 at Prosperity’s Hoppin’ event.
The Town of Prosperity -formerly known as Frog Level - decided to make some changes to its traditional Prosperity’s Hoppin’ festival and make it the Prosperity’s Hoppin’ with Arts and Antiques.
The festival will give a nod to the town’s history and celebrate the current vibrant downtown area.
“We have Frog Level Art Center and The Blend of Art and Coffee in town,” said Mayor Derek Underwood. “Both of these art centers already have wonderful original art. We also have a number of excellent antique businesses downtown and in the area. With all of this already in place, it just seemed natural to focus on these interests.”
Architectural and History Walking Tours will be offered during the day to celebrate the traditional architecture in the downtown area, as well as local history.
The Arts and Antiques part of the festival will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Instead of traditional festival food vendors during the day, the town invites attendees to enjoy the local eating establishments in the downtown area, often referred to as the food court of Newberry County.
Popular events in Prosperity’s Hoppin’ will continue, such as the beauty pageant, now scheduled for April 27, and the popular community yard sale on the day of the festival from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Underwood also noted that it was much cooler in May than in August, the traditional time for Prosperity’s Hoppin’.
“We think this new time and these new activities will enhance our already popular festival,” the mayor stated.
In addition to the pageant and events during the day, afternoon and evening events include a Corn Hole Tournament, Antique Car Show, children’s rides, introduction of Pageant Queens, karaoke, and a street dance featuring Grand Illusions at the Town Center.
Local merchants will also be preparing frog legs and chicken that evening at the Town Center at a reasonable price.
Children’s rides will cost $10 per wrist band or three for $25. Everything else during the evening is free.
For applications for the beauty pageant, yard sale and artists and other vendors, visit www.prosperitysc.com or call the town at 803-364-2622. For more information on the juried art show, call Andy Hawkins at 803-924-1717.